Volvo Cars has announced that from today, Swedish families will start to test its cars on the streets of Gothenburg to help it develop autonomous drive cars as part of its Drive Me project.
The first two families have now taken delivery of their XC90 SUVs – equipped with Volvo’s latest driver assistance technology – with three more set to follow early next year. Over the next four years, Volvo will involve up to 100 people in the project.
During the project, customers will test different stages of driver assisted and, eventually, fully autonomous technology. The families will share their feedback with Volvo’s engineers, who will monitor their everyday use of and interaction with the cars.
Volvo plans to have a fully autonomous car commercially available by 2021. The data from its Drive Me project will be crucial in developing these vehicles.
“It feels great to be a part of this project,” said Alex Hain, one of the people taking part. “We get the chance to be part of developing technology that will one day save lives.”
Henrik Green, Senior Vice President for the company’s R&D department, said: “We expect to learn a lot from engaging these families and will use their experiences to shape the development of our autonomous driving technology, so that by 2021 we can offer our customers a fully autonomous car.”